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How far along? 15 Weeks
Total weight gain/loss: 8 pounds gained.
Maternity clothes? Not officially because I don’t have that many. I did a lot of dresses last time and plan to do the same. I’m using the rubber-band trick for my regular bottoms and also love elastic band shorts!
Best moment this week: Finding out we’re having a girl!
Miss Anything? Having energy and loving coffee.
How are you sleeping? Like a rock! I wake up to go to the backroom and pass right back out.
Movement: Not yet!
Food cravings: I’m realizing I don’t love sweets (and I’m usually a fanatic). I could probably eat cottage cheese and hard boiled eggs all day.
Anything making you queasy or sick: I’m not as bad as I was. I had to go back up to 2 Diclegis pills at night because I was still pretty sick. Maybe a few more weeks on that.
Have you started to show yet: Yes. It’s not that easy to see from the side but I’m gaining all the way around my center so my clothes definitely don’t fit.
Gender: GIRL!!!
Labor Signs: Nope.
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or Moody most of the time: SOOOOO Happy!!
What are you excited for? I’m excited to organize the house, move my office, and start working on Baby Girls’ room!

14 Weeks

How far along? 14 Weeks
Total weight gain/loss: 7 pounds gained.
Maternity clothes? I actually wore a pair of maternity jeans from my last pregnancy because I had to go to a meeting. Leggings just wouldn’t cut it :o). They were definitely too big, so I’m back to just my regular clothes and things with elastic waistbands.
Best moment this week: It’s been an all around good week. Very productive at work. I’d say the best moment was going out to eat as a family last night. It’s been a while since I’ve been feeling well enough to sit in a restaurant.
Miss Anything? I miss feeling great and definitely coffee.
How are you sleeping? Each night is different. My mind has been very busy with work when I lay down at night. But I’ve been doing some meditating before bed which has helped a lot. So I wake up to go to the bathroom twice each night and have been falling right back to sleep!
Movement: I don’t feel kicks or flutters yet. But I do feel Baby move around, because I notice pressure in different spots (mainly my bladder).
Food cravings: My two girlfriends and I took our boys out to lunch 2 weeks ago and I ordered a reuben. Totally not my kind of meal, but when I read it on the menu my mouth started watering. Since then I’ve been dreaming about the moment I’d get to bite into that sandwich again. We finally went back last night for dinner and I ordered it. It was SO delicious! AND, this week, I went to Chick-fil-A to get a frozen lemonade. When I walked in, the overwhelming smell of french fries was delicious. So, I caved and got a small order of fries with my frozen lemonade. I haven’t had fries in YEARS. They really hit the spot.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Life. I pretty much feel queasy constantly. If it gets too overwhelming, I just need to stop what I’m doing until the wave passes. Pretty annoying. Can’t wait to be past this!
Have you started to show yet: Yea. My friends at the gym have told me that I look pregnant. It’s hard to tell from this picture, but I definitely see it. I also notice that I’m gaining wider and higher than I did with Turner.
Gender: I definitely have my prediction….way more sick this time around and gaining differently than with Turner. BUT trying not to get too carried away. I’ll know this week!
Labor Signs: Nope.
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy for the most part. I have moments of, “I can’t wait to feel better” but I’m just focusing on the fact that this is temporary and it could be much worse!
Looking forward to: Finding out the gender, getting past my morning sickness, and celebrating Easter!

13 Weeks


How far along? 13 Weeks
Total weight gain/loss: 5.5 pounds gained.
Maternity clothes? Not yet.
Best moment this week: Honestly, it was that one of my best friends had a beautiful healthy baby boy. I’ve been anxiously awaiting his arrival. I can’t wait to hold him. It makes me even more excited to have another baby!
Miss Anything? Not needing medicine to keep from throwing up! Having a good appetite. Coffee!
Movement: I thought I felt something last night but it’s so hard to tell. It could have been a muscle spasm or something. I’m thinking still no.
Food cravings: I’ve been eating pretty much the same things: cereal, cottage cheese, yogurt, hard boiled eggs, and PB&J. I’ve been able to do more veggies which is exciting.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Well, I learned the hard way that the answer is yes! I’ve weaned down to 1 Diclegis pill before bed for the past week. Thinking I was over the worst, I didn’t take any Friday night. After throwing up the first half of yesterday and sleeping the second, I learned that I’m not ready to stop taking it! So, back on Diclegis I go, and I feel pretty good.
Have you started to show yet: Definitely. I feel like I’m showing all around instead of all front like Turner. I really notice in my gym clothes. Looks like I have a little tire around my waist.
Gender: I should know any day. Can’t even wait! I have my predictions.
Labor Signs: Nope.
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy and tired. But not moody. Last night I said to Stew, “even though this has been the hardest 2 months of my life, I’m still excited”
Looking forward to: Finding out the gender and getting past my morning sickness.

11 Weeks


How far along? 11.5 Weeks
Total weight gain/loss:
4 pounds gained.
Maternity clothes?
Not yet.
Sleep:
I’ve been sleeping well. Every day is different as far as energy level goes. A lot of my sleepiness still comes from the Diglegis I’m taking for morning sickness.
Best moment this week:
Discovering a recipe for chocolate cashew milk. I do remember loving chocolate milk during my last pregnancy. I made it the other night, and I actually am able to mix it with a splash of coffee to trick myself into thinking I’m going to get energy!
Miss Anything?
Feeling energized, not feeling out of it and sick, being able to work out, wanting food, did I mention COFFEE!?
Movement:
Not yet!
Food cravings:
I’m not really craving anything. I can handle yogurt, and smoothies. I’m loving cheese and cereal too.
Anything making you queasy or sick:
Not taking my medicine! I tried going without it again the other night and got sick again. I was really convinced I was over the sickness hump. One more week (I hope)!
Have you started to show yet:
I personally think I have.
Gender: ?
Labor Signs:
Nope.
Belly Button in or out?
In
Wedding rings on or off?
On.
Happy or Moody most of the time:
Definitely happy. Even though I feel like crap, it’s worth it!
Looking forward to:
My appointment next Thursday and feeling well!

Baby Number Two!

Well, Turner’s going to be a big brother! I feel like I was just writing these posts when I was pregnant with Turner. I’m so excited to be doing it again!

The morning sickness started around week 5. But it wasn’t bad! I was a little nauseous in the mornings and then within an hour or so of being awake, I’d feel great! I was naive enough to believe that it was as bad as I would get.

Week 6 hit me hard. I woke up Sunday morning as if I had come down with a terrible mix of the flu-slash-worst-hangover-of-my-life, with a touch of the room spins. Ugh. I didn’t get out of bed ALL day and clutched my garbage can close to my face. Thank God Stew was home to take care of Turner! My mom had to come over the next three days to take care of Turner starting at 7am until about nap-time, which is when I could finally stand up. After three days of suffering, I called the birth center, because surely they had made a new discovery to treat morning sickness in the past 3 years!? My nurse put two bottles of Diclegis at the front desk for my step-dad to pick up and send home from work with Stew. That helped tremendously! It took the nausea edge off, but left me completely exhausted and still incapable of getting out of bed until about 7:30. But somehow I got through several more weeks of sickness.

Some days were worse than others. I feel like I slept the past six weeks away. Basically, our days looked like this: Turner woke up around 6, Stew brought him downstairs with him while he got ready for work. Then he brought him back upstairs with an arsenal of cheerios to keep Turner occupied. Turner played in our room or his room. But for the most part, he stood next to my face pretending to talk (and by talk I mean scream) in the phone “HEWOO?? NOO?? YEA!! YEA!!” This went on until about 7:30 or 8 when we would transition downstairs. I’d struggle to make Turner breakfast. Then he’d play while I laid on the couch until it was time to bring him upstairs for a nap. I slept while he slept. Usually, after he woke up, I would be well enough that I could sit up while he played and somewhat interact with him. Guilty doesn’t begin to describe the way I felt. But he was so well behaved that I just couldn’t help but thank my lucky stars.

I actually stopped taking Diclegis last week, thinking I was over the worst. A day went by and I actually started throwing up!! I was not that bad with Turner (Girl??). So I’m back on the medicine and I’ll suffer through the exhaustion. It’s better than puking my brains out. I keep telling myself it’s temporary and so worth it!



How far along? 10.5 Weeks
Total weight gain/loss:
2 pounds gained.
Maternity clothes?
Nope! Enjoying my regular clothes while it lasts. Although, lululemon is usually my go-to regardless of pregnancy!
Sleep:
I’ve been exhausted. My medicine makes me feel like I’m constantly hopped up on Benadryl or something. I sleep well at night, except for my several trips to the bathroom.
Best moment this week:
We put Turner to bed and he yells towards the monitor “Diss Baby!” So I went upstairs so he could kiss my belly. It was so sweet!
Miss Anything?
Having an appetite. Not being nauseous. Being able to work out without almost passing out or throwing up. Not being on medicine. The taste for coffee. Most of those will be better in another week or so. But it’s been a long 6 weeks! 
Movement:
Not yet. We saw him/her moving around in the ultrasound and the little heart racing away!
Food cravings:
Nothing. It’s more like survival. What can I eat to get through my day? Cereal, toast, smoothies. I’m starting to have more of a taste for healthy things but I’m definitely not craving anything yet.
Anything making you queasy or sick:
Everything. Just waiting for this phase to be over!
Have you started to show yet:
Not quite!
Gender: ?
Labor Signs:
Nope.
Belly Button in or out?
In
Wedding rings on or off?
On.
Happy or Moody most of the time:
So happy! I’ll be even happier when I’m past the morning sickness part!
Looking forward to:
Feeling good and having an appetite!

Business Launch Event

This past Friday was my Business Launch Event for Rodan & Fields. I already work full time (from home) AND take care of Turner. But, when I learned that the dermatologists who created Proactiv created an anti-aging line, I had to be a part of it! So this is just an easy way to earn some extra spending money without much effort!

We’re not a “party” company. But, every new consultant has a “Launch Event” to share the business. I chose to invite a few girlfriends over to share my business venture and play with our products! My theme was “Leave the Aging to Wine & Cheese”. Cute, right!? (A 5X7 digital file of my chalkboard design is available on Etsy).
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It was such a fun night! I felt so supported and loved by my friends. It was all about the wine, cheese, and skincare products!!




The girls ended up staying here till after 11! My eyes haven’t seen that time for years!! Stew even got to go hang out with one of his friends! It was a great way to send January off on a positive note! Here’s to new adventures and to being social!! Happy Sunday!

Organization and Valentine’s Day Decor

It’s hard to believe January is almost over!! I can’t say I’m sad to see it go. We’ve had a rough winter, to say the least. Plus, we have a LOT of exciting things happening next month. We have my birthday, Valentine’s Day, Stew’s Birthday, and Stew’s LAST chemo treatment February 27th!!! And, on top of that, spring is right around the corner!

In the meantime, we’ve been cleaning and organizing. I’ll update you as we go on our never-ending house projects! My first project was to organize my diaper bag. I usually just keep it in the car so we have anything and everything we need in case the world ends. Keeping it in the car equals me not changing anything out for the past 14 months. Soooo, I brought it in and went through it. I put everything in a compartment or in a bag within my bag. I have my Rodan and Fields zipper case filled with all of my bottles–lotion, diaper rash ointment, saline nose spray, lip gloss, and sunscreen. I have my Baby Wipe Case, a spare diaper, and a Diaper Wet Bag. I also have a case of hand wipes and the Tiny Diner for when hunger strikes. I feel better already!

I put a few decorations up for Valentine’s Day (right after the Christmas stuff came down). I love when the house is decorated. And Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays! It brightens up the winter so much! Plus, Stew and I have had a fondue dinner tradition since we started dating a hundred eight years ago which is always exciting. Hopefully I’ll get some good pictures of our fondue this year to share! We’ve never missed a year yet! (P.S. my Valentine’s Day Chalkboard is now available on Etsy in a 4×6 Digital File!)

I have high hopes for getting this house in tip-top organized shape by the time spring rolls around. We’ll see how that goes! And for some Sunday cuteness, here’s some Turner love! Stay warm 😮

Supper Club – Standing Rib Roast

We have our supper club once a month. Stew and I always look forward to it. Four couples together to eat and just hang out! We all love to decorate and entertain, so it’s always a great time! This month, Stew and I hosted. The theme was Silver and Gold. I wanted it to be cozy, yet have all the sparkle of the season! I found a sheer gold sequins fabric at JoAnn Fabrics, which was perfect (and cheap) to lay on top of my white table cloth. For my place mats, I used silver & gold glitter scrapbook paper!! It was nice and thick, so it worked perfectly. I used silver glitter painted pinecones and tied everyone’s names to them with silver string. I used a silver metallic sharpie to write their names. And, of course, white candles and baby’s breath to brighten it up. Here is my table-scape.


And, of course, we can’t forget the chalkboards! Winter Wonderland and Silver and Gold are now available on Etsy as digital prints!

Then, the most important part of the night, THE FOOD! For the main course, I chose a standing rib roast (recipe below). I came across this delicious recipe in Southern Living Magazine. Here is the original recipe. I made a few changes and it came out absolutely delicious!


In addition to the roast, I made buttermilk biscuits and roasted brussels sprouts. Annie brought a cheese platter as an appetizer, Kirsten brought a spiked hot cider (vanilla vodka to spike it) and Missy brought homemade chocolate truffles. It was a feast fit for a king! The perfect holiday meal spent with great friends.

Standing Rib Roast with Red Wine Gravy
Serves 8-10

Roast
1 (7-lb.) 4-bone prime rib roast, chine bone removed
1/3 cup Dijon mustard
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
2 tablespoons olive oil
7 teaspoons kosher salt
2 1/4 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
Digital Thermometer

Red Wine Gravy
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 red onion, minced
2 Tbsp flour
1/2 cup dry red wine
1 1/2 cup beef broth
pinch of salt

Preparation
1. Prepare Roast: Let roast stand at room temperature 1 hour.

2. Preheat oven to 450°. Whisk together mustard and next 3 ingredients; reserve 1 Tbsp. mixture. Rub remaining mixture over roast; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place roast on a lightly greased rack in a roasting pan.

3. Bake at 450° on lower oven rack 45 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350°; bake 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until a meat thermometer inserted into thickest portion registers 120° to 130° (medium-rare) or 130° to 135° (medium). Don’t trust a timer. ALWAYS use a meat thermometer. Let stand 30 minutes; transfer roast to a serving platter.

4. Meanwhile, prepare the gravy: Melt butter in pan over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally and moving pan as necessary to prevent hot spots. Add onion; sauté 3 to 4 minutes or until tender. Whisk in flour. Cook, constantly whisking, for about 1 minute. Whisk in wine; cook, whisking constantly, 2 minutes. Stir in broth; reduce heat to medium, and simmer, stirring constantly, 5 minutes. Stir in reserved 1 Tbsp. mustard mixture. Add salt and pepper to taste. Slice roast, and serve with gravy.

Note from Southern Living:
Ask your butcher: Have the chine bone removed. A thin bone that runs perpendicular to the rib bones, it will get in the way of slicing once the meat is roasted and has rested.

Roast like a pro: Start roasting at 450° for 45 minutes to form the caramelized crust. Then reduce the temperature and finish cooking to keep the inside pink and juicy.

The right temp: 125° for prime rib lovers. Remember: The internal temp on large roasts like this will continue to rise as the roast rests.

Tree Trimming Party

Every year, my mom and stepdad host a tree trimming party. I look forward to it every year. It really gets us in the Christmas mood! They get a beautiful tree, make some delicious food, and invite the family over to decorate the tree. I must admit, it’s a genius idea!

My mom had the house decorated beautifully and ready for our arrival. I decorated the chalkboard when I got there by compiling a few of my favorite pinterest chalkboard designs!



Once everyone arrived, we chowed down. It’s so funny to watch Turner. He is just one of the gang, eating and chatting it up!


And then, there was the decorating! Turner hung out with “the men” while the ladies trimmed the tree.

We had so much fun! We are even MORE excited for Christmas (if that’s possible). I know Turner is still young, but Stew and I are loving every second of this holiday season with him! So much more Christmas fun to come!

Turner’s First Birthday

It’s been a while since I’ve written. But I knew I’d make up for it with this post. It’s a big one!

Our little Turner is ONE!!! Our baby is growing up so fast! I feel like he was born yesterday! Kinda makes me want another to go on a vacation! I made his “chalkboard” using a 20×30 Foam Board and Metallic Markers.

I planned a construction theme to celebrate. We had a huge turnout! There were at least 30 people here. It was so much fun!



Pinterest was a HUGE help in this! I came up with the invitations, menu, decorations, and signs for the food. Black and Yellow were my main colors. I tried to make food that would match the theme too.

This is what I came up with for the menu:

*Open Faced BLTs
*Turkey Sandwiches (some with tomato and some with bacon) on “VERY THIN” Whole Wheat Pepperidge Farm bread.
*Veggies and Dip
*Rice Crispy Treats
*”Drill Bits” – Pirouline Cookies
*Build Your Own Trail Mix
1)”Screws”-pretzel sticks
2)”Rocks”-Raisinets
3)”Bricks”-Corn Chex
4)”Pebbles”-Peanut Butter Crunch Cereal
*Birthday Cake (made by my incredibly talented mom a.k.a Gigi)

For drinks I made a “Fuel Station”
*Iced Green Tea
*Iced Passion Tea
*Lemonade
*Citrus Cucumber Water (not very construction-ey I know)

For party favors, I made sugar cookies cut into wrenches and hammers. I found the cookie cutters at a local kitchen store (similar here). My amazing sister-in-law wrapped them in bags and tied them with ribbon. I stacked them up in one of Turner’s dump trucks.

And my proudest creation was his birthday cupcake! My friends were shocked that Turner was eating a cupcake! It made more sense when I told them it was an “Emily Cupcake”. Let’s just say the icing was made out of avocado 😮 Here is the recipe!

But he loved it nonetheless! He cried hysterically when the cupcake was gone!


All in all, it was an amazing party! Turner had so much fun. He was such a trooper! He didn’t cry once (except for when we took his cupcake away), even though he was passed around like a hot potato! We ended the festivities by opening ONE of his many presents. My brother, Uncle Jesse, bought him his very first drum set! It was a perfect way to end the night.

Happy birthday to our sweet little angel!!